Getting naked for money is coming to a silver screen near you. Stripper Wars is a new Miami film that explores the world of poledancing at one of the world's premier gentlemen's clubs.
We stopped by the set to check out the action and caught up with real-life KOD dancer Kayoz as she talked about overcoming obstacles in her first starring role in a movie.
Kayoz is the leading actress in the fictionalized movie, which follows her trials, tribulations, and eventual victory in the world of exotic dancing.
On set, a bevvy of extras, grips, assorted directors, lighting techs, camera operators, and other crew conducted their sequence of shots like a cinematic orchestra.
Actress, singer, and model Anelus Arocho plays an extra, party girl No. 1, in the production. Given her mesmerizing appeal, it is a role in which she will surely steal the show. "I think independent movies are really great," she says. "They show that you don't have to have a ginormous budget like the Hollywood movies they make over and over again."
"I've never been to Borscht Film Festival, but I'm excited to see what the local people have to offer," Arocha continues. "In television, films, and the media, Miami is depicted as gritty, and overly sexified, which is real, but there are also a lot of cultures here, and more than one element to represent."
We saw one scene play out where partygoers threw money in the air, drank bottles, and enjoyed the lively activity around them.
"It's crazy," says Anelus Arocho.
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As for the film's leading lady, Kayoz says that Stripper Wars is a movie about a girl who "Dances really well, and overcomes obstacles."
She is a real dancer at the King Of Diamonds, and she hails from the faraway lands of Chicago.
Look out for Stripper Wars when it drops this December as part of the Borscht Film Festival, Miami's local independent film fest.